Get writing! Here are 7 projects to help you beat loneliness and stay connected during lockdown.

Lost Letters Creative Challenges

It’s Not Your Birthday But… are all about people connecting through letters, words and visual arts. Their flagship project for this year is Lost Letters, a creative response to private and public letters in the Surrey History Centre archives. In response to the pandemic, their team have designed a series of 10 creative challenges around different letters in the collection. To take part and download them all visit itsnotyourbirthdaybut.com

Kindness-by-Post Exchange

During the coronavirus crisis, more of us are isolated and alone than ever before. The Mental Health Collective’s Kindness-by-Post initiative enables members of the public to sign up for free to send a card or letter with a message of encouragement to someone else in the UK and have someone allocated to send a card or letter to them. Matching is random: Everyone is equally likely to receive a card or letter. It’s like a great big secret Santa for random acts of kindness!

Take part by signing up at kindnessbypost.org and follow #KindnessByPost on social media.

Post Quarantine – Letters to open when this is all over

Writing is one of the most helpful things you can do during a time of stress. The slower pace of putting pen to paper allows you to order your thoughts and find some clarity. So what better time to write than during a global pandemic? The team behind the Post Quarantine project invite you to get creative and write to your future self. You know, the ‘you’ when this whole COVID-19 thing is done with. This is a chance for you to show off your creativity and feature in an exhibition in the near future where you’ll be reunited with your letter.

Send your letter or postcard to Post Quarantine, Unit 34786, PO Box 6945, London W1A 6US and look out for it on their Post Quarantine Instagram.

My Dear New Friend

This #MyDearNewFriend initiative, supported by the National Literacy Trust, encourages children to write letters to people living in care homes. Their letter will brighten someone’s day, and might even get a reply! It’s a great opportunity for them to make new friends despite social distancing, whilst practising their writing skills.

To take part and download free resources for home learning visit literacytrust.org.uk/mydearnewfriend

Letters from Lockdown

The Charity From Me to You encourages everyone to write a letter to a friend or family member with cancer or donate a letter to a stranger in a hospital to help keep them connected at these difficult times.

Visit frommetoyouletters.co.uk to donate your letter and for useful writing tips.

Paddington’s Postcards for Unicef

Perfect for children aged 4-10 to discover wonderful people and places with Paddington Bear. Paddington will send your child a personalised postcard (and more!) every month. With each pack, they’ll explore a different country with Paddington and learn about the life of a child who lives there. Also included will be an extra blank postcard within the packs so that children can send two postcards on to any friends or family they are missing during the lockdown. Your donation will go to support Unicef’s work around the world.

Sign up at www.unicef.org.uk/paddingtons-postcards

Letters Live – #ReadALetter

The world’s population is in lockdown. Hundreds of millions of people are in isolation. Never before has it been so important for us all to stay connected. Letters Live are now opening the stage to everyone and asking the world to share letters of hope, education, love, appreciation, respect, thanks, solace and support — letters to the heroes on the frontline; letters to relatives in need; letters to strangers who have stepped up and made a difference; letters to neighbouring families, streets, towns and countries; letters from teachers to their isolated pupils or to the parents who now find themselves home-schooling; letters to those in power; letters to a population crying out for words of comfort.


Get involved at letterslive.com/readaletter

Need more inspiration? Check out our Make a Connection hub packed with things to make, do, read, watch and listen to.

– The Postal Museum Team


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